Is democracy dying?
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Democracy under Threat: A Crisis of Legitimacy?
Ursula van Beek* (editor), (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), 344 pp. ISBN: 978-3-319-89452-2
“Is Democracy Dying?” is arguably the most crucial question facing political scientists today, and Democracy under Threatdoes an impressive job of clarifying what is going on. Presenting the insights of major students of democracy, including Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Laurence Whitehead, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Ursula Hoffman-Lange, Ursula van Beek, Yilmaz Esmer, Nicola de Jager, Cindy Steenekamp, Joseph Wong, Edeltrudt Roller, Krige Siebrits, Pierre du Toit and Christer Jönsson, it covers economic, cultural and institutional aspects of democracy’s struggle to survive against the resurgent authoritarian and populist forces. Its central focus is the crisis of legitimacy in contemporary democracies: Do the publics of these countries still view democracy as the best way to run their societies, or is their...